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A sunny day in Providence, and the winds are calm, so it actually feels like 60F. The windows are open and we're airing out the house. Of the few things I acutally miss about the South, the climate is at the very top of the list. I never thought I would be so glad for a sunny day when the temperature is only 60F...but after the dreary, wet, freezing greyness of a Providence winter, this almost seems like summer.

I learned last night that my sf story "Galápagos" (from Eclipse 3, edited by Johnathan Strahan) is one of six works to make the honor list for the James Tiptree Award for 2010. The Tiptree press release says of the story, "...a mysterious space disaster, a terrifying alien reproductivity, a story reminiscent of the work of Octavia Butler. There can be no higher praise." And I say, indeed, and thank you. I'm flattered to be so honored. I am far more pleased, though, to see that one of the two winners of this year's Tiptree Award is Greer Gilman (nineweaving) for Cloud and Ashes. I don't care what anyone else might say, Cloud and Ashes is far and away the most brilliant work of fantasy from 2009, and it's deserving of much more recognition than its received. By the way, the Tiptree Award is presented to works of of science fiction or fantasy that expand or explore our understanding of gender. To quote the award's website:

The award is named for Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr. By her impulsive choice of a masculine pen name, Sheldon helped break down the imaginary barrier between "women’s writing" and "men’s writing." Her fine stories were eagerly accepted by publishers and won many awards in the field. Many years later, after she had written some other work under the female pen name of Raccoona Sheldon, it was discovered that she was female. The discovery led to a great deal of discussion of what aspects of writing, if any, are essentially gendered. The name "Tiptree" was selected to illustrate the complex role of gender in writing and reading.

And that was yesterday's bright spot. Otherwise, the day was a slick black sheen of shit and broken glass, placed just so to punctuate the middle of the month. I'd considered cataloging all the day's foulness, at length and with lots of exposition, but, honestly, I find I just don't care anymore. The good news is that all lives come with an expiration date.

I do very much want to thank aliceoddcabinet, having learned that she is the clerk at the Providence Athenaeum who is responsible for getting that copy of The Red Tree onto the shelves. Which is the only other thing, besides the Tiptree nod, that I've really had to smile about in the last couple of weeks.

Well, sure, Shaharrazad made Level 79 last night, but seeking solace and/or any sense of achievement in WoW (or Second Life, et al.), I'm aware that's pretty fucking pathetic.

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myownpetard
Mar. 17th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo arís
i'd like you to be around next year at any rate. i suspect spooky wouldn't mind either.

ladyeuthanasia
Mar. 17th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)

A few years ago at the World Horror Convention, the Persephone Writers held a "game show" where we read passages from horror novels as our two male contestants -- one of which was Gary Braunbeck -- had to guess the gender of the writer. The original idea was that the person leading the event was supposed to ask why they were voting they way they did, but for some reason she kept forgetting.

I read something from one of your short stories (at the moment it's slipped my mind which). One contestant guessed male and the other female. Feeling this was particularly important, I intentionally interrupted the proceedings to ask why they voted that way. Gary said he guessed male because your writing was very outwardly focused. The other fellow guessed female but couldn't give a clear reason for it. When I revealed it was you, the fellow who guessed female wanted two points. HA!

Interesting, eh?

greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)

The other fellow guessed female but couldn't give a clear reason for it. When I revealed it was you, the fellow who guessed female wanted two points. HA!

The only reason I'm not deleting this is because I'm fairly certain you don't know why I find it offensive.

Edited at 2010-03-17 07:05 pm (UTC)
ladyeuthanasia
Mar. 17th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Apologies

I'm so sorry, Caitlin. I thought you'd pick up that I, too, thought it was offensive. The "ha!" being shorthand for, "Yeah, right! Jerk!"

The whole exercise was, without that discussion, not productive in the slightest, just embarrassing for the participants. We missed a great opportunity to talk about gender bias in our assumptions, especially when men read female authors.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Apologies
I'm so sorry, Caitlin. I thought you'd pick up that I, too, thought it was offensive. The "ha!" being shorthand for, "Yeah, right! Jerk!"

I will admit I missed that nuance of your comment. The whole incident felt like something better relayed via private email than a public post...though, truthfully, I prefer not hearing about this sort of nonsense.

The "two points" bit was, however, very typical of what I expect of the HWA.

Edited at 2010-03-17 08:07 pm (UTC)
ladyeuthanasia
Mar. 17th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Apologies

You're right -- in my recent determination to "do things when remembered," I should have taken the private email approach rather than typing away in the comments. Bad judgment. Please know that I think the world of you.

I just quit the HWA for a lot of reasons. That was certainly one.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Apologies

I just quit the HWA for a lot of reasons. That was certainly one.

I left in 1996...for lots and lots of reasons.
xjenavivex
Mar. 17th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the Tiptree nod.
sfmarty
Mar. 17th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
I just checked the San Francisco Public Library. They have 6 copies (of Red Tree). Some of them are out being read Right Now!

They have 7 of your titles as well, including Beowulf in Korean.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)


They have 7 of your titles as well, including Beowulf in Korean.


The Korean edition is a really pretty book.
sovay
Mar. 17th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
"...a mysterious space disaster, a terrifying alien reproductivity, a story reminiscent of the work of Octavia Butler. There can be no higher praise."

Congratulations!

I am very, very glad about both you and Greer.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)


I am very, very glad about both you and Greer.


Thank you!
nineweaving
Mar. 18th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I am overjoyed to be in such company.

Nine
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